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Organized Localization

by Tom Church Our present society values commercial success over ecological sustainability. We fear scarcity more than we celebrate abundance. People cope with the pressure of living in this atmosphere in as many ways as there are people. In this … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community Rights, Community Rights, Conservation, Quality of Life, Resilience, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |

Is explosive crude oil traveling through your community?

Trainloads of crude oil from the Bakken shale in ND do pass through the Valley — and these trains travel through the center of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, often right next to the Lehigh River. This raises major safety concerns and … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Distribution, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Rail, Railroads, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Transportation, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Photos of recent crude oil derailments

Most trains reach their destinations safely, of course. Derailments are not common, but— but when a train carrying explosive crude or natural gas does derail and catch fire, the results can be disastrous, as the photos below show. December 2013 … more

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Sustainability Is Good Business

by Reid Boyer Forward-thinking companies realize the value in providing sustainable, renewable, organic, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, sweatshop-free, biodegradable, and locally-produced products and services. In the long run, our steadfast demand for such products will yield greater profits to ethical suppliers. I … more

Posted in Air, Capitalism, Community Rights, Demand Reduction, Electoral Politics, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Fossil Fuels, Going Local vs. Globalization, Nuclear Power, Political Economy, Quality of Life, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainability & Business, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

The Importance of Being Radical

by Noël Jones I attended the memorial service of a dear friend recently, a friend who had been very active during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s. A college friend of his spoke at the service about attending protests … more

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Testing Mother Nature’s Limits at Our Expense

by Martin Boksenbaum Is it just me or does it seem to you too that those in control—of industry, food production, energy systems, land development, planet and animal genetic patents, and us too—are testing Mother Nature’s limits? What can they … more

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The Denial of Local Self-Governing Rights Makes Sustainability Impossible

by Ben Price The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund works with communities to establish self-determination and local self-governance, as a way to end the corporate, privatized, centralized decision-making that has yielded devastating results for nature and people. Our legal briefs … more

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I Am the Lorax

by Kara Scott and Bonnie Glose “I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. And I’m asking you , sir, at the top of my lungs….” “The Lorax,” … more

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Working for a Sustainable Williams Township

by Alisa Baratta, Kathy Lilley, and Jennifer Petrozzo The small, rural community of Williams Township has a 35-year history of residents fighting the corporate interests of a local landfill. Community members have been responsible for documenting and calling attention to landfill … more

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Rekindling Local Democracy

by Jessica Stuart The American democracy that has been embraced by citizens as a means of equality and justice is in a state of decline. In our flawed democratic system, certain groups of citizens are deprived the opportunity to participate … more

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